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Those Who Dare (Raiding Forces Book 1) Kindle Edition
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John Randal is an American inter-war Army vet who is both a neat hero AND a powerful literary device making all the Brits and their societies immediately, forcefully real and engaging to us 21st Cenrury Amurcans (for pure civilians of any politics as well as a wide range of vets with experiences like Ward's own as a Ranger)
Phil Ward has crafted a bunch of interesting, three-dimensional characters who are also among the earliest commandos, Long Range Patrol, SAS and Special boats, as well as the earliest British or American airborne forces. Their vividly describes, violent combat helps flesh out the characters and how they grow under the trauma and stress of a special ops war.
He evidently feels the training and morale elements - Rangers are still seriously focused on realistic to terrifying training, which helps him communicate the 1940 training with a power Waugh merely points at with understated humor.
The dialogue, arcs of character and the evocation of 1939-40 Britain are all memorable, but mostly Mr Ward tells a ripping good yarn. I started looking for book 2 before I finished book 1.
Well, =Daaaamn=!! A few pages into it and I -knew- I had a winner! Yes, there were places that seemed to have a "'deja vu' all over, again" feel, but they were -good- to read! And the author -does- know what he's talking about: the =second= jump -is- the scariest..... ((BTDT))
As for the actually writing, the characters seem real, some of the 'cultural oddities' -I- knew about were spot on (sometimes 'unfortunately'), and I didn't detect any typos. The -only- thing that annoys the hell out of me is the authors habit of using the characters' -full- name, -with- titles & decorations!, almost every damn time he or she is mentioned .. for the whole blinking book!! Once in a while, weeell, okay, but (almost) -every- -single- -time-?!! >>grump<<
However, to show you how 'annoyed' I am, I -literally- can't wait to get every one of the rest of the series. :D
This novel is meticulously researched, and the author does a masterful job of weaving actual historical personalities into his fictional narrative. Military details are on the money, and used in such a way that they don’t disrupt the narrative or flow of the book. Characters are fully fleshed out, and the reader comes away from the book with a sense that you ‘know’ them.
If you like military fiction, you’ll love this book. While there are some oddities in formatting in the e-book version, they do not detract from the pleasure of reading well-crafted military fiction.
I mostly enjoyed this book. I thought the book started out with some writing issues, but the writing seemed to get better as the book went on.
It creates a wide cast of characters, similar to W.E.B. Griffin's military series books, along with some more or less believable combat and training sequences. I think I would have given it 5 stars if the book had toned down some of the stuff though. I just did not believe all of it, even though it was fun to read.
The book follows the exploits of a young American officer serving in the British army in WWII before the US entered the war. It starts with his exploits at Dunkirk, followed by commando training and some raids on the continent.
Some of the political and social things described in the book are pretty interesting in themselves, and probably the truest to real life stuff in the book.
For those expecting anything realistic in their WWII fiction, you will be disappointed. If you want to have a good time reading and are willing to sacrifice plausibility for fun, this is a good story for you.